vexation

noun
vex·​a·​tion | \vek-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of vexation 

1 : the quality or state of being vexed : irritation

2 : a cause of trouble : affliction

3 : the act of harassing or vexing : troubling

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Examples of vexation in a Sentence

the problems and vexations of everyday life the repeated vexations guaranteed that she wouldn't get any work done

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But vexation was nearly universal, with more than 100 players recording a score of 75 or higher. Bill Pennington And Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "U.S. Open 2018: A First Round Full of Struggles," 15 June 2018 That investigation, led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was given wide latitude to explore potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and has been a constant source of vexation for the president for much of the past year. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Trump Replies to Barbs in James Comey’s New Book on Twitter," 13 Apr. 2018 In essence, this is the character Eggers introduces us to — the Rupert bear version of Alkhanshali, agreeable to the hilt, whose strongest emotion appears to be mild vexation. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘The Monk of Mokha’ is Dave Eggers’s Latest PG-13 Story About the American Dream," 23 Jan. 2018 While the smaller California sea lions threaten the extinction of the Willamette Valley's wild winter steelhead runs, the Steller's pose an even greater vexation for sturgeon managers. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Two-rod rule will be re-instated for Willamette spring chinook season," 24 Jan. 2018 Mission models have been a mainstay of California elementary education for decades, becoming a source of both nostalgia and vexation to parents. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fourth grade mission model project could be history," 15 Sep. 2017 China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi, hinted at his country’s vexation with North Korea in his Security Council remarks after the vote. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "U.N. Security Council Imposes Punishing New Sanctions on North Korea," 5 Aug. 2017 The exchange, in a Maryland murder case in which both families knew well the vexations of mental-health struggles, laid bare a shared pain. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "‘Do you remember?’ Daughter confronts mentally ill woman who killed her mom," 26 July 2017 Just a mention of public lands is enough to set Smith and his father, Wiley, off, venting about their years of vexation in dealing with the BLM and Forest Service. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "The new range war," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of vexation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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vexation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vexation

: the state of being worried or annoyed : irritation or annoyance

: something that worries or annoys you

vexation

noun
vex·​a·​tion | \vek-ˈsā-shən \

Kids Definition of vexation

1 : the quality or state of being annoyed by small irritations

2 : the act of bringing trouble, distress, or worry to

3 : a cause of trouble or worry

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